For those who went to sportsbooks and made a futures bet on Arizona State because you heard ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit predict ASU could land in the four-team playoff, we feel for you.
The Sun Devils were universally chosen to finish third in the preseason magazines in the Pac-12 and while we agreed with the respected Herbstreit (and we do respect him) in making ASU a possible long shot here in an article I wrote about the Power 5 conferences, they showed little against Texas A&M in the loss.
Arizona State will begin the process of regrouping and immediately in their path is Cal-Poly, who is a FCS school out of the Big Sky Conference. Football handicappers and those placing college football picks do not have a lot of time to study the betting odds as all sportsbooks including Wagerweb.ag, have late releases to reduce exposure on these games.
There is always an air of uncertainty about these matchups, with the FBS schools generally good-sized favorites and they were 26-19 ATS in the opening week against the college football odds versus FCS foes.
Here is a rundown on both teams for evening affair in the desert.
In the Sun Devils 38-17 setback to Texas A&M, their offensive line was out-classed, giving quarterback Mike Bercovici no time to run or pass and except for one drive. The usually fast-paced Arizona State offense did run 82 plays, but in watching, you would have sworn it was about 60.
Bercovici only averaged 4.9 yards per pass attempt and the running game, including his scrambles away from pressure and netted a measly 2.2 yards per carry.
Against a far lesser opponent, coach Todd Graham’s team will have a much better chance to crank up the offense, but they will have to do a better job holding on to the pigskin, after fumbling five times, losing it twice.
Cal-Poly was picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky and runs a triple-option attack, led by quarterback Chad Brown. The Mustangs have led the nation in rushing the last two years and in 2014, had just seven turnovers.
Cal-Poly has enjoyed five straight winning seasons, but are not great like all option teams when they trail by 17 or more points, because they lack an adequate passing game. Brown was 5 for 14 in the opening game last second win at Montana 20-19.